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Love Potion #3

More people love Taylor than is good for harmony.
The Maiden’s Prayer at Mad Horse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 26, 2010

50 ways to leave 2009

We sent a team of future-thinking Predator drones all across the state of Maine, and a little ways down into Seacoast New Hampshire to sniff out any NYE happenings, from barely-off-the-couch to the Maine mountains, all the way to interstellar travel (we'
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 01, 2010

Stimulus Package

And speaking of vamping, Kings of the Hill present their latest wittily-titled drag king show, "Stimulus Package," at the Portland Performing Arts Center at 25A...
By webteam  |  July 15, 2009

Glimmering fragments

Like water and light in a long day’s array of relations, Ring Road is both a brilliantly gleaming whole and a collection of scattered gleams.
Cape Elizabeth poet Jonathan Aldrich assembles the pieces
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 23, 2008

On Portland’s poet

It’s a testament to much of what’s good about America that one of her first and most popular poets had such reverence, and such affection, for so many of her stories.
Celebrating Longfellow’s words
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 31, 2007

California dreaming

“Tell how it’s gonna be,” Lennie prods George, again and again.
Mad Horse's mice are also men
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007


A valley of rift

A piano doesn’t produce anything except notes, insists Boy Willie.
Siblings duel in PSC's The Piano Lesson
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 03, 2007

Nobody expects the Festival

Since its debut in1990, the Little Festival has been an opportunity for chosen playwrights to further develop their scripts with the feedback of actors, directors, and audience members.
The Portland Stage Company’s 18th annual Little Festival of the Unexpected
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 09, 2007

Wage labor

At a certain point, Augusta suggests with roguish moxie, you’ve gotta serve yourself.
Conflicts between classes in PSC's Augusta
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 09, 2007

Relative orbits

The gravities of the family Tyrone are many, and relentless.
Mad Horse takes a Long Day's Journey
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 18, 2007

Myth making

Middle-aged Michael O’Neal just wants a little bit of the epic in his life.
To thine own story be true
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 21, 2007


Meaning of life

Over the ten years of their daughter Joe’s life, middle-class Sheila and Bri (Lisa Muller-Jones and Dave Currier) have given her dozens of different personalities.
Mad Horse explores Joe Egg’s existence
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 07, 2007


“All the world’s a stage,” waxes Shakespeare’s Jaques, but nowhere is that more true than backstage.
Portland Stage looks behind the curtain
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  January 31, 2007

Christmas spirits

Christmas in Lisnacoo involves an avenging Santa, wanton women, and, above all, an impressive amount of spirits — both the kind in bottles and the kind within the lively Irish.
Drinking and living it up Irish-style
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  December 06, 2006

Whose Zoo?

There are several ways to visit the zoo.
Duck — it’s all you
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 19, 2006
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Cock tease

Through a series of roles and relationships, The Penis Responds opens the sort of candid, body-centered conversation more often associated with feminism and Women’s Studies.
Penis Responds , stays shallow
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 28, 2006

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Playful summer

Bloody, edgy, original, iambic — this summer’s theater line-up fits some fine descriptors. Here are some of my picks.
Classics + newcomers abound
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 14, 2006
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Playing with boys

The cult of celebrity and sensationalism gets a rollicking and poignant treatment in John Synge’s classic comedy The Playboy of the Western World , directed by Tony Reilly for the American Irish Repertory Ensemble.
Irish tongues are wagging
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  May 24, 2006
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Play’s the thing

On the high-tragedy chessboard of Hamlet , the title characters are pawns, but in Tom Stoppard’s spooky, hilarious, and ingenious Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , they are, existentially, the stars.
Mad Horse rouses Stoppard’s finest
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 19, 2006
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Ponying up

The backdrop of the late '60s hangs in contrast to the stack of rugged childhood furniture that Victor Franz must finally dispose of in Portland Stage Company's production of Arthur Miller’s The Price.
Memories, disputes come with a Price
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  April 12, 2006

A study in portraits - side

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 15, 2006

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A study in portraits

As portrayed by the superlative Tom Ford, the elegant and eccentric Charlotte von Mahlsdorf is the subject of I Am My Own Wife , the rich and moving one-man show on stage now at Portland Stage Company.
Preserving human museums at Portland Stage Company
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  March 15, 2006
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Playing parents

Parenthood is no happy hour in Baby with the Bathwater (directed by Joan Sand for Mad Horse Theatre), that’s for sure.
Throwing it all out at Mad Horse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 09, 2006
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Meta-farce (Portland theater)

The SS Italian Castle is almost absurdly gorgeous. With its sleek and imposing height, its glowing portholes peeking into sumptuous Art Deco cabins, and the huge full moon hanging above its deck, this luxury ocean liner seems over-the-top, too dramat
Tom Stoppard plays with the play at Portland Stage Company
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 01, 2006